Helping America's most vulnerable.

Auburn Shelter

Operated by Volunteers of America Northern CA & Northern NV. The Auburn Shelter was founded by local non-profit Right Hand Auburn.



Beginning in Winter 2014, the non-profit organization Right Hand Auburn, (RHA) devoted its energy to passionately advocating for an emergency homeless shelter to serve those in need in the Auburn area.

The Auburn Shelter opened June 1, 2015 on a temporary 90 day basis granted by the County of Placer and in November 2015 became a 24/7 center in a former Placer County barrack no longer being used by the county.

In March 2016 the Auburn Shelter operation contract was awarded by Placer County to Volunteers of America Northern California and Northern Nevada. VOA-NCNN operates all shelter programs, staff, case management, policies, oversees volunteers other than those for meal service and also all Placer Country contractual requirements.

The Right Hand Auburn organization continues to provide all meals for the Auburn Shelter and is the driving force in community relations - encouraging ongoing homeless studies & planning with the City of Auburn and County of Placer.


  • 133

    have been placed into transitional or permanent housing since the shelter opened

  • 98,086

    meals have been served since opening June 2015

  • 100%

    sobriety is required of clients. Drug and alcohol testing is done daily.

  • 93

    Individuals served nightly / average occupancy

  • 47

    Men and women in full time case managed program at shelter

  • 50

    Additional individuals may be served in the night-only overflow area

  • 21 Veterans

    are helped, on average, monthly

ABOUT Volunteers of America Northern California and Northern Nevada: Volunteers of America Northern California & Northern Nevada is one of the largest providers of social services in the state since is founding in Sacramento in 1911. Operating more than 50 programs including housing, employment services, substance abuse and recovery services to families, individuals, veterans, seniors and youth; Volunteers of America NCNN provides shelter or housing to nearly 1,800 men, women and children every night in the Greater Sacramento area alone. Additionally we serve the Oakland/SF Bay area and the Reno/Sparks Nevada region. Nationally, Volunteers of America helps more than 2.5 million people annually in more than 400 communities across all of the United States.

Volunteers of America NCNN CONTACTS

GENERAL QUESTIONS OF COMMENTS, 916-265-3400 or mail to 3434 Marconi Ave Sacramento, CA 95821

On-Site intake and client services questions you may contact Beth Valentine, Auburn shelter program manager, Volunteers of America NCNN 530-885-8840

To take a tour, grants or donations Erika Fatula, senior development officer, Volunteers of America NCNN 916-265-3974

Media, marketing & communications Elizabeth Sands, communications and marketing manager, Volunteers of America NCNN 916-265-3642 or 530-320-8957

In-Kind Donations (non-food) and Volunteers (non-food) Elyse Duenas, community realtions manager, Volunteers of America NCNN 916-265-3978

Right Hand Auburn Information & Contacts

ABOUT Right Hand Auburn: Founding organization of the Auburn Shelter. Right Hand Auburn is a group of local business, non-profits and faith-based organizations that have come together to address the need of the homeless in the Auburn community. RHA is a non-profit, mutual benefit corporation with the charitable 501c3 designation for the State of California and the Federal Internal Revenue Service Tax ID #47-2205031 and founded the Auburn Shelter in 2015. RHA invites you to lift your hand to aid someone in need through donations, learn more about the shelter and lend your voice to support the mission of Right Hand Auburn. For more information visit or email

Right Hand Auburn, non-profit, or email

Food donations, meal preparation and meal service volunteering John Petrera, RHA meal coordinator,